Several results across MLS went well for the Sounders' playoff chances yesterday, most notably getting three points out of their match with Chicago.
As you can see from the standings above, Seattle is sixth in the MLS points race. That can be a deceiving number because the Sounders still have played more league games than most of their competitors. But 32 points 22 games puts them close to 1.5-points-per-game pace that adds up to 45 points over a 30-season and usually brings playoff certainty.
Here's how coach Sigi Schmid scouted the race last night after the Sounders 2-1 win over the Fire.
"It puts us in a situation now that even though Chicago has three games in hand on us, it puts them in a situation where they have to win all three of those games to pass us. If they lose or tie one of those three, they still stay behind us. Toronto tying (Saturday) also puts us in a situation where even if they win their makeup game ... they can't pass us. San Jose losing (Saturday) was good for us as well. So the only result that went against us was the Colorado (win over) Houston. But it's all about us gathering points and we're now at a level -- now we've got 32 points ... so we're getting close to that 1.5 average. If we can get the next one, we'll be over that average."
Meanwhile, LA's recent stumbles also suddenly creates a pretty good race at the top of the Western Conference and for Supporters Shield.